Wednesday, May 25, 2011
TOS Review: Considering God's Creation
The boys (Nick 9, Alex 7) and I have been using a Science curriculum from Eagle's Wings' called Considering God's Creation for the last several weeks. The authors, Sue Mortimer and Betty Smith created this program for their own children and to meet a need of Homeschoolers for a hands on, affordable Science curriculum with little teacher preparation needed. Also available from Eagle's Wings is :History- Remembering God's Awesome Acts and Remembering God's Chosen Children, Bible- Celebrating Our Messiah in the Festivals, Phonics- Alphabet Island 1 and 2 and Eagle's Wings Comprehensive Handbook, Math- KinderMath, Geograhy- To Sate it Simply It's a Capital Game. For more information on these click here. We received the 128 page paperback Teacher's Manual, 269 page Student Book ,and a music CD containing 23 songs.
Considering God's Creation is,"a creative biblical approach to natural science." It was written for grades 2-7 but can be easily adapted for younger and older students. It can be used as a stand alone science curriculum or as a compliment to any other science curriculum. The lesson is read from the Teacher's Manual along with Vocabulary words, Bible Readings, Review Questions, and Evolution Stumpers. The activity instructions and notebook instructions are also contained in the Teacher's Manual. The Student book is made up of all of the activity sheets that the student will need to complete each notebook assignment. The book contains 36 lessons on the following topics:
Human Anatomy and Physiology
To view some sample pages click here.
Considering God's Creation is $29.95 and includes the Teacher Manual, Student Book, and song CD. The vendor does give permission to copy within one's own family, but if you prefer to save yourself the time and trouble, you can purchase extra student books for $13.95 each. A recplacement Audio CD is $3. To order click here. The only other items you will need to use this curriculum is crayons or markers, scissors, glue, and some household items such as eggs pans, ice, flour, etc. Those items are listed at the beginning of each lesson under Preparation. A field guide may be helpful for flowers, rocks, and trees, and additional resources are listed under each topic so you can go further in depth if you choose or if it's a topic your child develops a lot of interest in.
There are so many things I love about this curriculum! Very little teacher preparation is needed. All I had to do was check the supplies needed and start reading the text. It comes from a biblical approach and includes applicable Bible readings in each lesson. The experiments all use things that you have on hand around the house and are simple to do. I love all of the notebooking activities. Notebooking is a great way to reinforce what you have learned and keeps it nice, neat, and all in one place. Plus, the notebooking exercises are fun and easy to do and are in black and white so if you need to make copies it is less expensive to do so.
The last time the book was published was 2006, so as far as the study on the universe and the planets is concerned, Pluto is still listed and included as one of the planets. Many of the notebooking activities are color, cut, and glue type activities. If your child does not enjoy doing these kind of activities it might not be the best fit for them.
To see what other crew members had to say click here.
I received a complimentary copy of Considering God's Creation for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.